Barnes Bay runs from the Channel near Roberts Point, (incorporating Simmonds Bay, Quarantine or Half Moon Bay and Shelter Cove) and back around to ghe Channel near Woodcutters Point. Barnes Bay is one of the safest anchorages in the state and a good spot to picnic. Fishing is available from the jetty and McCracken's Creek is a great spot for birdwatchers. The Barnes Bay Regatta is usually held at the end of February or the beginning of March each year. The first vehicular ferry-service to Bruny Island began on December 13th 1954, with the Melba running from Kettering to Barnes Bay. R.A. Roberts established a soap making business in 1823 here in Barnes Bay, the first in the colony. Salt production was another industry in the settlement.